is a widely respected film composer, with an Oscar and a Grammy for “Up” and an Emmy for “Lost
,” as well as a Grammy for “Ratatouille
.” He is stirring up Oscar buzz again with his score for Fox Searchlight
’s “Jojo Rabbit
,” written and directed by Taika Waititi
. Giacchino talked with Variety about the challenges of that film, as well as his expanding workload, including directing an animated “Star Trek
” short. He’ll appear Oct. 18 in concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall
, and at the “Coco
” music event at the Hollywood Bowl on Nov. 8-9.
How tricky was it to catch the tone of “Jojo Rabbit”?
I didn’t want the music to be funny. The bulk of the movie has this huge heart, especially in the character of Jojo
himself, and I wanted to make sure I wasn’t adding to the zaniness. I wanted to underline the emotional component.